Single Mom Changing the World for Herself and Her Daughter

Kamala did not have the opportunity to attend school due to poor economic conditions. Her family struggled even just ensuring they ate at least one meal a day. She got married at the age of fifteen with a man more than half of her age, and who was alcoholic and abusive. Her husband left her after she gave birth to her baby girl. 

Being a young single mother, she had to work hard just so she can support her daughter. She worked as a housemaid, washed clothes, cleaned dishes, and did whatever work she was offered. Still, her income wasn’t enough to fulfill their basic needs. But she was determined to give her daughter a proper education so she won’t have to experience the same vicious cycle of poverty.

She eventually learned how to make clothes and continued to work as a domestic helper. After a few years, she was finally able to buy a tailoring machine but still needed to purchase fabric  so she could make clothes to sell.

In 2019, she came to know about the My Business, My Freedom program. Using her first micro loan, she was able to start her sewing business, buy an additional sewing machine as well as more clothing items for her shop. As her shop expanded, she was also able to provide employment to a fellow single mom. Now that she’s earning significantly more than what she used to earn working in other people’s homes, she’s more encouraged to expand her business.

The people in her community who used to doubt her and would not entrust her with a loan of even just a thousand rupees (USD 9), now respect and look up to her for exhibiting such courage and hard work. Her daughter now also studies in high school and aspires to become an engineer. This mother and daughter will continue to change not only their world, but also the world around them.

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CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | END POVERTY | VOCATIONAL SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

Yangtsokyid's Determination

In 2016, Yangtsokyid dropped out of school and helped her family by working at a clothing shop. She also did labor work at the construction site where her father works. But they weren't earning enough to provide for the family and her sick mother. She entered our Vocational School Scholarship Program in August 2019 where she studies Tibetan Medicine. She enjoys her experience and is doing well in her academics.




CHINA | END POVERTY | PIGS FOR POVERTY

Everything for Her Daughter

Mei, a diligent single mother, is busy working at home and in the fields everyday in order to support her daughter in school. Her daughter is in her first year of high school. Her main source of income is through farming, but the wheat, rapeseed and potatoes she grows are only enough for their own consumption. "I was extremely happy and grateful when I received two piglets 8 months ago."




CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | END POVERTY | MY FIRST JOB PROGRAM

Skill Building Brings Confidence

When women are equipped with employable / income-generating skills, we not only give them a chance to make a living for themselves and their families; we also help build their confidence in themselves and in what they are capable of. The My First Job Assistant Chef program is bringing skills and opportunities to young women.




CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | END POVERTY | HUSKY ENERGY TAILORING SKILLS PROGRAM FOR WOMEN

New Opportunity for this Single Mom

I have never been to school and could only find work here and there as a waitress but because of my poor health, I can’t work long hours. I am a single mother with two sons.




CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | END POVERTY | VOCATIONAL SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

Fortunate Encounter

Gashangtar dreamed of becoming a teacher. However, she had to drop school after graduating from junior high. Her mother wasn't in good health and their income was not enough to continue sending her to school. She stayed at home to help with the housework and to graze the animals.




CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | END POVERTY | MY FIRST JOB PROGRAM

Bringing Hope and Change to Lhamo

Lhamo is one of the current trainees at the My First Job Program. Although she admits that she learns at a relatively slower pace than the rest of the women, she is determined on improving herself. One of our staff, Francine, went to visit and chat with her to see how she's doing in the program.